NIFL Premier Intermediate League

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NIFL Premier Intermediate League
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Founded2016
Country Northern Ireland
Number of teams11
Level on pyramid 3
Promotion to NIFL Championship
Relegation to Ballymena & Provincial League
Mid-Ulster Football League
Northern Amateur League
Northern Ireland Intermediate League
Domestic cup(s) Irish Cup
IFA Intermediate Cup
League cup(s) Northern Ireland Football League Cup
Current champions Annagh United
(2018–19)

The NIFL Premier Intermediate League is the third division of the Northern Ireland Football League, the national association football league in Northern Ireland, and the highest intermediate division in Northern Ireland, occupying level three in the Northern Ireland football league system – below the NIFL Premiership (level 1) and NIFL Championship (level 2).

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2016 restructuring

Under reforms agreed by the NIFL clubs in 2014, from 2016, when the previous Championship 1 acquired senior status, Championship 2 continued as the Premier Intermediate League, retaining its intermediate status and thus became the top intermediate league in Northern Ireland. [1] [2]

Current members

The Premier Intermediate League consists of 11 teams.

Stadia and locations

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Belfast teams : Newington
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Location of teams in the 2018-19 NIFL Premier Intermediate League
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Location of the Belfast-based teams in the NIFL Premier Intermediate League 2018-19
ClubLocationStadiumCapacity [3]
Annagh United Portadown Tandragee Road1,250
Armagh City Armagh Holm Park 3,000
Banbridge Town Banbridge Crystal Park1,500
Bangor Bangor Clandeboye Park
Dollingstown Dollingstown Planters Park1,000
Limavady United Limavady The Showgrounds
Lisburn Distillery Lisburn New Grosvenor Stadium 2,200
Moyola Park Castledawson Mill Meadow 2,000
Newington Belfast Seaview 3,383
Portstewart Portstewart Seahaven1,500
Tobermore United Tobermore Fortwilliam Park 1,500


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References

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